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CDC in Atlanta, 1945

Before battling ebola, the CDC began in downtown Atlanta with one focus: malaria

The Communicable Disease Center, first located on Peachtree Street in downtown, initially focused on eradicating malaria. But Dr. Joseph Mountin pushed to expand its mission to other diseases. With financial support from Coca-Cola tycoon and philanthropist Robert Woodruff, the CDC did exactly that.

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